Funda-mental-ist “Christians” are to hate the world. They are to love God but not the world. What does this mean? First, let’s look at the verse where this comes from 1 John 2:15-16 [all from NIV]:
Do not love the world or any-THING in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he HAS and DOES, comes not from the father but from the world.
So, the world is not some abstract thing outside of the church but the goods and achievements people acquire. It’s about being materialistic – greedy. If any dummy contextualized this and actually read the bible instead of believing their worldly pastor, they would see this.
Yet many churches preach that God will bless you and give you worldly things. But in this context they are good – and not “of this world”. What a lie. Here we see clearly how the church man-i-pulates the bible to serve its purpose. This purpose is to rationalize greed and materialism while being arrogant and self-righteous.
The world usually comes to mean those outside the church. And the juxtaposition of "us" versus "them" lifts the "Christian" to a lofty arrogant, self-righteous position. But this is far from the truth. Let’s look at chapter 3 verse 10 of John’s letter:
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not DO what is RIGHT is not a child of God; neither is anyone who does not LOVE his brother.
So it is not “faith”, church, prayers that reveal the truth about ones “status” with God – but whether you LOVE. And what is love? Tell others that Jesus loves them, missions and the like? Let’s look at v. 16-18:
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And WE ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has MATERIAL POSSESSIONS and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
So love is about sharing material goods. And we are not to accumulate nor love things or be prideful. And yet the church says otherwise. So how does the church call itself [and its members] “Christian”? We do not love God if we do not share. This needs to extend into material goods like clear air, water, shelter, etc. How do we steal the very air and water from the poor through our driving, industrial agriculture, intense energy use, war, etc.
We are told to give up our lives for our brothers. But I can already hear the whining of those who do not really love others but their possessions and convenience – them-selves. Rather than loving God through loving their brother [including the nonhuman “brother”], they are greedy. This reveals their real father is the devil, not God.
Evidence of "Christians" loving their neighbour and loving their greed and convenience: